Pochettino delivers injury latest on Tottenham duo ahead of Stoke clash, reveals good news

By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Long-term absentee Clinton N’Jie is in contention to return to the Tottenham squad for Monday’s Premier League showdown against Stoke, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

The Cameroon international has trained all week and is close to being given the green light to return to the squad.

Pochettino said there is huge competition for places ahead of the clash against Mark Hughes’ side, with Nabil Bentaleb the only member of the first-team squad unavailable due to a knee injury that will sideline him for the rest of the campaign.

Clinton has had a full week’s training and is nearly ready to be selected again,” said Pochettino on Friday, as quoted by the official Tottenham Twitter account. “Bentaleb is still out but we have big competition for places because nearly everyone else is fit for selection.”

Spurs are second in the Premier League although they remain seven points behind leaders Leicester despite convincingly beating Manchester United 3-0 last Sunday.

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N’jie has been out for four months after undergoing surgery on the his medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee in December.

The impending return of the 22-year-old winger could give Pochettino a valuable extra option in the team’s title run-in.

The other principal Tottenham team news is that there have been no new injuries picked up in the wake of the clash at White Hart Lane last weekend.